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Some words about Twitter, Recruitment and Rumors


Often Twitter is a good thing. A fun way to connect with friends, family, famous people and keep up with news in real time.

But sometimes, Twitter can rear its ugly, jealous head and bring out the worst. Opinions and speculation.

Lori Zimmerman, Stephen Zimmerman’s mother, is feeling the backlash of just that. Earlier today, reports suggested that 6-11 center Stephen Zimmerman might not choose to play at Kentucky.

Shortly after that, @msw_sports took to Twitter to claim Kentucky fans are spreading some hate about the recruit. Which, Ms. Zimmerman was quick to deny.

The recruitment process is a time when young men and their families must make decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives. It is a deeply, personal decision and with the advent of social media, it is also a public one. I agree that speculation causes a lot of drama for the families of recruits and people that directly tweet them unkind things should be banned from the Internet.

There are a lot of rumors as to where these recruits will end up. The truth of the matter is, they are rumors. We don’t know.

I’m glad Ms. Zimmerman is defending the BBN and her son during this time and it serves as a reminder to us all that speculation is just that: speculation.  

Whether or not Zimmerman chooses Kentucky or UNLV or somewhere else, I wish him and all the recruits the best of luck.

And please, Twitter, mind your manners.

Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

5 Comments for Some words about Twitter, Recruitment and Rumors

  1. ukjaybrat
    2:17 pm April 12, 2015 Permalink

    Its also getting really bad when a rival fan (Louisville, Florida, Kansas, Indiana, etc) writes to a potential or former recruit and pretends to be a butthurt Kentucky fan just to make us look bad. I know for a fact this happens as I’ve heard ppl brag about doing it. Pretty twisted if you ask me.

  2. Dave Ball
    2:28 pm April 12, 2015 Permalink

    don’t do twitter…kids deciding where to matriculate for a season will happen regardless of social media connectivity…if you play into the social media concept, then expect backlash regardless…”fun”? I’d rather open myself with a steak knife and pour salt directly into the wound than use twitter…actually hope the kid comes to UK…and certain his mom knows what that entails back home in Vegas…and really she should just ignore it…who cares what anyone says…his decision, best for the family etc all the clutter of recruiting and analysts and fans and blogs and peers wanting them to play with then at X school…blah blah blah…buy into the BS and then wonder why your life is cluttered with BS…

  3. eyebleedblue
    2:39 pm April 12, 2015 Permalink

    I wish nothing but the best for Zimmerman and his family. Also, if you tweet a recruit and are not a college age kid, then shame on you for being a complete loser. That said, Anthony Bennett, that is all.

  4. Rixter
    8:51 pm April 12, 2015 Permalink

    We have become a society that would rather speculate than kiss a pretty girl. I don’t really get it, unless we just feel like we can’t wait to see what happens with any event in life, we just have to know ahead of time, so we guess and we speculate instead. It’s part of the instant gratification movement. I mean, Joe ‘Spray-on Hair’ Lunardi has already done a Bracketology of NEXT YEAR!. A lot of grown men make a living by guess where certain kids will go to college in the future. It’s not only ridiculous, it’s nauseating.

  5. EdC
    9:00 am April 13, 2015 Permalink

    So everyone in #bbn who does Twitter should just tweet some nice words to @VegasBballMom. Regardless of the decision she has been a great proponent of UK.